Not a bad view from the office for the morning.
The Fugro 1200 jack-up barge is currently being stripped ready for a revamp and an inclining test after being refitted with new legs (not in at the moment!). Whiskerstay was down on board this morning checking the locations for the inclining equipment prior to conducting the test towards the end of next week. Let's hope the weather holds!
Not a bad view from the office for the morning.
A lovely bit of Friday feeling with the Race Bank offshore wind farm team rescuing a baby seal.
“Some days ago our Race Bank Offshore Wind Farm team noticed this baby seal laying near the barge being used for landfall works. When they came closer to check it out, it didn’t flee but instead was shaking and looked exhausted,” DONG Energy said.
After consulting British Divers Marine Life Rescue and the animal hospital in Kings Lynn, the team brought the baby seal on board the barge via the gangway and moved the seal to the crew transfer vessel later that evening.
The baby seal is now safe in British Divers’ care and has been given medication and food as it was undernourished and exhausted.
Read the full story HERE at OffshoreWind.biz
Catriona Gebbie is the only analytical chemist aboard a North sea oil production platform. She is a lab chemist who doesn’t wear a white coat. ‘I wear a blue onesie,’ she quips. This is because although Gebbie has a fairly conventional analytical chemistry job – running samples to support an industrial facility – her place of work is distinctly unconventional. Gebbie spends half her life on board an oil production platform in the North Sea, 140 miles north east of Aberdeen, UK.
The platforms are kitted out with fully functioning analytical chemistry labs, explains Gebbie. ‘We take samples from our facility at various times of the day to check that we are complying with operational and environmental guidelines.’ Routine tests include checking water content in oil samples and ensuring water brought up from the well contains minimal amounts of oil before it is discharged overboard. Gas is also monitored, although these samples are collected by Gebbie and shipped back to onshore labs for analysis. Other typical offshore tests include ensuring no chemicals are corroding equipment. ‘We also take samples of potable water ... the water we use on the platform is delivered by a supply vessel, and we need to make sure that it is of good drinking quality,’ says Gebbie.
Although Gebbie is the only chemist on the platform, she is supported by a team of chemists on the mainland. These onshore labs give most offshore chemists – including Gebbie – their first taste of life in the oil industry. ‘It is quite rare for someone to go straight offshore into a fixed position – you would build up through ad hoc trips to gain experience and not be thrown in at the deep end,’ she explains.
To get a job in an onshore lab, a relevant degree or extensive industrial experience is required. Gebbie completed her degree in forensic science and law at Aberdeen’s Robert Gordon University in 2009, and joined Intertek in 2010, where she gained analytical experience (testing new machine oils and lubricants for potential use on the platforms) and made short trips offshore. In 2012, she took a permanent offshore role, before moving to her current platform in 2014.
The make-up of the approximately 80 staff on Gebbie’s current offshore platform is fairly typical for the industry; the platform is owned by the oil company but only around a third of the employees work directly for them. The remainder work for third party service providers.
Gebbie is also the only woman on the platform. Again, this is fairly typical. But Gebbie doesn’t see this as a problem. ‘I’m used to it now. But I would love to see more females [on the platforms], they should not be put off that it’s a male-dominated environment,’ she says. ‘At Intertek, one in five offshore chemists is female.’
Read the full article HERE at Chemistry World
Huntsman Advanced Materials’ commitment to innovation and process improvement was tested to the full on a recent lighthouse project led by ACCIONA Infraestructuras.
Working in collaboration with various partners the project won one of the prestigious 2016 JEC World Innovation Awards. Philippe Christou, Head of European Technical Support, Huntsman Advanced Materials, and Anurag Bansal, Head of Manufacturing-Composites, ACCIONA Infraestructuras, explain how the partnership delivered the world’s first-ever all-composite lighthouse - now installed at the port of Valencia in Spain.
The lighthouse project has also overcome any perceived limitations for composites and opened the way for other applications requiring light, tall structures to benefit from using the latest, proven material innovations.
ACCIONA says that, developed as a first prototype at the beginning of January 2013, this tower structure is testament to the advances in materials engineering that occurred in the short time the project took to complete in February 2015. For example, following the design and process selection, all the composite components were manufactured within the period of a working month at its composite workshop in Madrid.
Combinations of hybrid, CFRP and GFRP composites were selected for the tower’s principal components, calling for the development of new material systems and processes to fulfil the design engineer’s vision for the 35m tall tower structure.
Read the full Article HERE at NetComposites.